Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Sheraton New York Times Square, the evening preceding the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. As part of the celebration, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter will be recognized as the 2018 Grammy Salute To Industry Icons honoree for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.
For the past decade, the gala has included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through the Recording Academy’s Grammy Salute To Industry Icons Award. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.
“We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor JAY-Z with this year’s Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award. His contributions as an industry trailblazer and music visionary only begin to touch on the tremendous impact he’s made both in entertainment and beyond,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “JAY-Z also embodies the vibrant spirit of New York City and we couldn’t imagine a more fitting honoree as we return to Manhattan for this year’s Grammy Awards.”
“JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,” said Clive Davis, co-host of the Pre-Grammy Gala. “What a night this will be!”